What happens when cultures collide and lovers are trapped in the wreckage? What happens when religion and feelings conflict, leading people in different directions?
Russ is an English physician, a Christian missionary, who is in Iran in the first part of the twentieth century. Marjan is the wife of a Persian (Iranian) businessman, a Muslim, who was Russ’s patient. They fall in love, a love that is forbidden by their cultures, a love that is forbidden by their religions.
The strength of the book is the author’s ability to view events through the eyes of people from different cultures. The English physician and the Iranian woman have backgrounds that are vastly different. Yet, they confront similar problems: love, sin, the expectations of their families, the expectations of their religions and their cultures. We watch as the two of them fall in love and, then, try to negotiate a path through which they can be together.
This is a well-written book with an interesting and thought-provoking story.